Ideal for couple or small family. Activities for every age near at hand.
Caroline da Costa
- english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
About Caroline da Costa
I am English and my husband is French. The cottage that we let is part of our old stone Normandy house where we have lived for nearly 25 years. Georges is now retired from a long teaching career as a French language teacher abroad and as a primary school teacher in Normandy. I have always worked with textiles and have taught patchwork and quilting classes as well as creative textiles. We both enjoy time working on our creative projects - Georges being a water-colour painter. I love my garden where I work on a regular basis. The vegetable garden supplies us with organic produce which I am willing to share with our guests when possible. The garden is totally chemical free. We walk on a daily basis in the different country tracks which surround our house and criss-cross the whole valley. There is a wonderful coast-line with long sandy beaches, broken from time to time with rocks and rock pools. The excellent local sea food (oysters, fish, shell-fish etc) as well as local meat and fruit and vegetables give us a varied and healthy diet easily sourced and a well-equipped kitchen enables guests to return from the market and prepare delicious meals and, in the summer time, eat outside.
Caroline da Costa purchased this Cottage in 1994
Why Caroline da Costa chose La Pernelle
We came to live in Normandy and found our house in what we consider an ideal spot, when Georges obtained a post as a primary school teacher in Quettehou, the nearby town. We were very taken with the countryside around the house as it has not been spoiled. Small fields with hedges, pasture for sheep and cows and horses, plenty of bird and animal life. The sea is only a few kilometers away and the long coast line running round the peninsular gives us varied and beautiful walks and places to swim or fish. We did not hesitate to settle in the little hamlet of Joulines with its 2 farms and a handful of houses. It remains a quiet place and young families have settled here for the quality of life it brings. We wake to birdsong or the sound of the sheep or the cows. Our garden is a haven for animals and birds as we do not use pesticides or herbicides. At the same time we are only 5 minutes away from Quettehou in the car. There you can find a big supermarket, a market on Tuesday, a butcher, 2 bakers, chemist, post office, bank etc. The little sea-port of St Vaast la Hougue is 10 minutes away and there are plenty of restaurants and shops to enjoy and fish to be bought on the quayside. A little further north there are some wonderful beaches ideal for families with small children or for long walks with a dog.
What makes this Cottage unique
Many of our guests have the feeling of "coming home" when they return from a day out. The cottage is decorated very simply. The inside is plaisant as well as comfortable and is not pretentious. Both of us are interested in cooking so we have provided a good basic equipment to enable guests to prepare their meals, as well as a micro-wave oven for those who are having a rest from cooking! There is plenty of space to store clothes and suitcases etc. The cottage is functional and easy to keep clean. Outside the back door guests will find a sheltered spot to sit or eat in. It is possible to limit the access so that parents can look over into our part of the garden but contain their children within the cottage's private area.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lovely people, lovely gite, really enjoyed it.
A perfect position for what we wanted to do which was to visit the places in the Cotentin we had not been before. Easy to get too and from and with Quetahou and the supermarket at the bottom of the hill it was perfect. An excellant quality resteraunt only a mile or so away was perfect, 'le Panoramic' is in a stunning location over looking the coast with excellent staff, not much English spoken but still got an excellent meal. Top of my list for a return to the Cotentin.
We were very happy to have you in our little gîte and are glad that you enjoyed your holiday and found lots more to do in the Cotentin. May you have a good summer with lots of sunshine, enjoyment and satisfaction with the football results!
Georges and Caroline
Hi my family and I have had a great holiday
Comfortable gite in a beautiful quiet location
The gite was well equipped, comfortable beds, good shower, beautiful garden.
We were delighted to meet you and find things in common. I am also very happy to share the garden with guests and it is a reward to know that it is appreciated.
We hope to see you again.
Caroline and Georges
Lovely break in a lovely place.
Beautiful cottage, very peaceful location. Caroline and Georges were lovely hosts, the welcome, eggs, jam and bread were a nice touch thank you! The cottage was really comfortable, warm and a lovely garden (even in November). For exploring Normandy, it’s coast and villages it’s well located. A great walk to the sea is approximately 7 miles there and back. An easy walk as flat .
We would highly recommend staying here. Thank you Caroline and Georges
Nous avons adoré le secteur et le logement
Secteur magnifique pour les balades.la vue est splendide .le logement est très bien conçu et le jardin a fait le bonheur de nos enfants
Nous sommes heureux que le jardin vous a bien plu. L'énorme travail dans un jardin est plus que valable quand le jardin est apprécie.
Gîte très confortable et très bien équipé avec un jardin magnifique. La localisation est idéale : au calme dans un ravissant hameau tout en étant proche de la mer et de toutes les commodités.
Beaucoup de choses à faire dans la région. Nous recommandons vivement !
The cottage is in a small hamlet on a hill 60m above sealevel in the river Saire valley in the north east of La Manche. The very quiet hamlet consists of 3 farms and 5 houses surrounded by small fields and hedges, often bordered by tracks full of wildlife and beauty. Joulines, the hamlet, is only 2km from the nearest village Quettehou, where there are two supermarkets, plenty of shops, a bank, a postoffice and a tourist information centre. St. Vaast la Hougue and its marina and shops is only 4km distant. Here and in Barfleur (10km) there is plenty of life around the fishing boats, the marina and the restaurants and cafés. Within easy driving distance one can go to many sandy beaches ideal for children for bathing and rock fishing. Cherbourg is 35km away and the northern and western coastlines are within easy reach by car. Bayeux and its tapestry, Caen and the Memorial museum, the D-Day landing beaches, Mont St Michel and many other sites are all possible to visit in a day.